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How to use Kindle Highlights & Notes effectively

How to use Kindle Highlights & Notes & create your own book excerpt – YouTube

This might become your absolute favorite power feature of the Kindle Paperwhite (and any other Kindle). The Highlights & Notes feature. Why this one? At first it doesn’t sound all to spectacular, does it? Well, the real power is not in the single application of the feature – but when applied for content that is really and stands out to you personally, it produces a miracle while finishing a document.

When you are finished reading and highlighting you will have your own personal excerpt of what you have read – with everything that matters to you and not somebody else. The popularity of services like Blinkist, getAbstract and other book summarizing subscription services is constantly rising. But your personal summary is much more valuable to you and maybe also others you want to share it with.

How create & edit a Kindle Highlight

When you are in the book, long press on the sentence you want to highlight or make a note to. When the underlining appears, move your finger along the page until the end of the passage, then let go.

Long tap a sentence you want to highlight
Long tap a sentence you want to highlight

You can also use the two “handles” that show up after long pressing and extend your selection forward or backward within the text. If you want to adjust the selection, just tap next to the text and the handles will appear again. To delete the selection tap undo in the popup.

Delete or edit a highlight or add a note
Delete or edit a highlight or add a note

How to export your Kindle Highlights & Notes

To get access to your notes open the context menu on the right side of the top menu, tap notes. At the bottom of the document you find the Export Notes button. The Kindle will now send an email to the mail address that is connected with your Amazon account.

Export your Kindle Highlights & Notes
Export your Kindle Highlights & Notes

Open the email and you will find your highlights and notes as Word and PDF documents. This is super easy.

Until a few years ago it took a workaround with the kindle.amazon.com Website and web clipping tools to do this. For a long time publishers and authors were concerned about copyright infringements. But it proves to be very valuable to everyone. The amount of text you can export is limited, though.

How to export your Notes via USB – My-Clippings.txt

It has been reported that some books don’t offer the export function at all. No problem, there is a workaround for that case to. You find the notes in the documents-folder on your kindle. So connect it via USB to your computer. Find the folder and copy or open the My-Clippings.txt document.

As I have been loving this function for many years I am now proud owner of my own little short reads library that I copied into Evernote. The Notebook is called My Books and it contains all the excerpts I made over the years. From time to time I go back and look at certain topics I studied to get the summary of the respective document. (Alternatives are Microsoft OneNote, Apple Notes or our latest favorite Notion.)

A really great feature for study, research or work. This can really increase your productivity!